An aerial view of pheasant fest

What is Pheasant Fest 2020?

This is what you can expect at Pheasant Fest 2020 hosted by Pheasants Forever in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

What do you get when you cross an upland bird hunting camp with a conservation fundraiser, a show-and-tell of all the latest and greatest upland hunting gear, plus all things bird dogs? If you guessed a really awesome party or Pheasant Fest, you guessed right!

While certainly the largest gathering of upland hunters I’ve ever participated in, Pheasants Forever has done a remarkable job growing this event while still maintaining the personal and uniquely intimate nature of the upland bird hunting and conservation niche.

When I heard Pheasant Fest would once again return to my home state (and that of Pheasants Forever) of Minnesota in 2020, I began planning right away for the Project Upland team to not only attend the event but to join in the promotion of Pheasant Fest as well as support the mission of The Habitat Organization, Pheasants Forever.

Whether you’ve attended in the past or are considering your first trip to Pheasant Fest, I can assure you the show in Minnesota this year is likely to be bigger and better than ever. There will be plenty of what you’ve come to expect from Pheasant Fest along with a refreshing injection of new events, activities and exhibitors.

Let’s explore some of the details of what you can expect at Pheasant Fest 2020 and continue reading to find out how you can score free tickets to this year’s event. 

What’s in Store at Pheasant Fest 2020?

This year’s event will be held February 14 through 16 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The doors open Friday at noon with show hours running through 7 p.m. that evening, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Ticket prices start at $15 for a day pass and rise from there based on how many days you plan to attend and in combination with other events like the Friday Night Celebration Event and Saturday’s National Banquet.

According to Pheasants Forever, the “’National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic 2020′ will be the nation’s largest trade show and convention for upland hunters, landowners, bird dog lovers, wild game cooking enthusiasts and wildlife habitat conservationists.” It’s sure to be that and much more beginning with their iconic (and annual) bird dog parade that launches the event. There will also be seminars from leading bird dog professionals, lots of wild game cooking, a massive expo space with just about all of our favorite upland brands in attendance, and of course the cause that brings us all together–habitat. 

A dog from the annual bird dog parade.

The Public Lands Pavilion at Pheasant Fest

New this year is the Public Lands Pavilion, which organizers describe as “our newest stage and exhibitor area celebrating the country’s 800 million acres of prairies, forests, mountains, and public lands open to all Americans for hunting, hiking, and exploring.” 

Here you will find booths from some of our favorite organizations and brands including the Ruffed Grouse Society, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Jay Dowd (@uplandlowlife) and the Hunting Dog Podcast. This is also where the Project Upland booth (Booth # 318, 320) will be stationed and we certainly hope to see many of you there.

If you do stop by you’re likely to bump into many of the Project Upland contributors including podcast hosts, filmmakers, photographers and writers. We encourage all the people in our community to stop by and say “hi” as well as take advantage of our show specials on magazine subscriptions and merchandise.

The Public Lands Pavilion flyer

Additionally, you won’t want to miss “A Public Lands State-of-the-Union” presentation featuring four of the most influential names in public lands and upland access including President and CEO of the Ruffed Grouse Society, Ben Jones; CEO of Pheasants Forever, Howard Vincent; President of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Whit Fosburgh; and Land Tawney, President and CEO of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. 

You can also catch me, along with Ron Boehme, Host of The Hunting Dog Podcast; Ben Jones of the Ruffed Grouse Society; and Jared Wiklund, PF & QF’s Manager of Public Relations in our panel discussion, “Great Lakes Ruffed Grouse on Public Lands.” Other seminars and panels will be presented on pheasant, quail, and planning an upland road trip.

The New Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever Film Festival

This year’s event will also include the first Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever film festival which features two Project Upland Films along with other excellent work from The Flush, Orvis, and Duck Camp. This portion of the event will go down the night before Pheasant Fest begins (February 13 at 5:30 p.m.) and at the Pourhouse Downtown.

General admission is $29.91 which includes an associate membership to Pheasants Forever and two complimentary tickets to Pheasant Fest! VIP seating tickets are $42.73 which includes a free drink, access to the VIP area, an associate membership to Pheasants Forever, two complimentary tickets to Pheasant Fest and a special gift bag.  

Get Tickets for the Film Fest: HERE

The flyer for the Pheasants Forever film festival.

The films we have featured this year include the film profile of award-winning wild game chef Hank Shaw in Food and Hunting and our most recent film Never Too Late with Pheasants Forever Education and Outreach Program Manager, Marissa Jensen.

Free Tickets to Pheasant Fest 2020

For a complete list of event details, show schedule and accommodations, head over to pheasantsforever.org. And as part of Project Upland community, you are entitled to obtain up to 6 tickets for free admission into Pheasant Fest 2020. You can do so by following the instructions below:

1. Please go to Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic Ticketing
2. Select up to six (6) tickets for “Single Day General Admission”
3. Scroll down and click “Get Tickets”
4. Click on “Check Out” on the next screen
5. Enter code: PU20 and click “Apply Code”
6. Fill out required information and click “Get Tickets”

See You at Pheasant Fest in Minneapolis

New gear, shotguns, film festival, bird dogs . . . seriously, what more could you ask for? Pheasant Fest 2020 is sure to be a great event and we hope to see you there. And remember aside from all of the fun and festivities at this year’s event, all the time and effort put into this show by Pheasants and Quail Forever is done for one reason and one reason alone–the habitat mission of the organization. If you are able, show up and show your support for one of the best conservation organizations on the planet.

Oh yeah–if you hear of any killer after-hours parties going on in the Twin Cities area, let us know in the comments below!

Last modified: January 18, 2020

One Response to :
What is Pheasant Fest 2020?

  1. This write up is getting me pumped up for Pheasant Fest! This will be the first show I will be able to make and it sounds like a pretty good gathering to start off the decade. I will start off Friday with walking my Brittany pup through the parade and then I suspect I will spend a long time networking with everyone on the showroom. I will make sure to spend plenty of time near the Public Lands Pavilion and also stop by to say hello to everyone at the Project Upland booths. Thanks for supporting some of the best habitat organizations that the upland community has to offer!

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